Joys and Reassurance of Beta-Reading

Thanks, Amanda Staley for a very helpful Beta Read.


Amanda Staley

DSC03279 Sometimes it’s refreshing to put down your own work-in-progress and help someone else on theirs.  Other than the obvious benefit of feeling great from helping someone else, there are other benefits to beta-reading.  If you are having one of those moments when you don’t think your work is very good, beta-reading can be a real self-esteem booster.  You can look at the other persons work and realize how similar your own writing is.  You can help them on the parts that you do better, maybe you are an excellent writer of dialogue.  You can give that person pointers and idea to make their dialogue less flat or help it stand out a bit more.  They on the other hand are fantastic at describing setting.  You can learn from them and incorporate a little bit of that into your own writing.  Beta-reading is the writer’s equivalent of seeking counseling or getting…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katie Cross
    Apr 04, 2014 @ 13:48:29

    Oh, beta readers are my favorite! I feel like they are the ones that truly make things work and happen!

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Amanda
    Apr 07, 2014 @ 00:03:26

    I am happy to help with any beta reading 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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